What exactly does the big blind ante do?
We play poker in a social environment. We're eating, drinking, socializing at the table. It's inevitable that someone's going to need a reminder every hand to put their ante in? In fact, it happens often. The big blind ante solves that issue. Usually tied to the size of the big blind (ex. 2,000/4,000/4,000), the big blind antes for the everyone at the table each hand.
There's also a few small improvements in gameplay with the Big Blind Ante. There's no need for T25 chips in starting stacks. In our structure, play starts at 100/100 instead of 50/100. With less time figuring out who didn't ante, players should realize more hands played.
DeepStacks will use the "Big Blind first" rule. It means that if a player is all-in for up to or less than two big blinds, they are eligible to win their amount of chips multiplied by the number of players at the table. Top pro's like Daniel Negreanu argues that the "Big blind first" rule is best for players of the recreational and professional level. "Ante first" in the same situation prevents a big blind from being posted and a player can only win back the chips they are all-in for, thus having no additional equity in the hand.
We invite our players to provide us with feedback with their thoughts on the Big Blind Ante format.
We previously ran the format at Civil War. The feedback from that event with regards to the format was positive. Still, we'd like to get a decent sampling
more hands played
no reminder needed every hand for players to put their ate in